RedCap (ICTR)

REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a largely self-service, secure, web-based application for study teams to use in building and managing data collection forms. REDCap provides data management functionality by allowing the development of eCRFs and surveys to support data capture for research studies. This differs from OnCore, which is a clinical trials management system that provides assistance managing the entire range of study management activities.

REDCap is one of the data management tools offered through UW Institute of Clinical and Translational Research. Check out the Data Management Tools page for information on OnCore vs REDCap.


REDCap provides an intuitive interface (with optional data validation for data captured on forms and surveys); audit trails for tracking data manipulation and export procedures; automated export procedures for seamless data downloads to common statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, Stata, R) and reporting capabilities; and procedures for importing data from external sources.



REDCap is licensed through the REDCap Consortium. UW ICTR is a member of the REDCap Consortium through the UW ICTR Bioinformatics Computing Group. The REDCap Constortium is comprised of institutional partners representing Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) institutions and other research oriented centers and facilities around the world.


Studies that use REDCap for data collection and management are asked to cite the software as described below:

“The project described was supported by the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program, through the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), grant UL1TR000427. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.”

In addition, REDCap users are asked to cite the publication below in study manuscripts. We recommend the following boilerplate language:

Study data were collected and managed using REDCap electronic data capture tools hosted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health.1 REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure, web-based application designed to support data capture for research studies, providing: 1) an intuitive interface for validated data entry; 2) audit trails for tracking data manipulation and export procedures; 3) automated export procedures for seamless data downloads to common statistical packages; and 4) procedures for importing data from external sources.

1Paul A. Harris, Robert Taylor, Robert Thielke, Jonathon Payne, Nathaniel Gonzalez, Jose G. Conde, Research electronic data capture (REDCap) – A metadata-driven methodology and workflow process for providing translational research informatics support, J Biomed Inform. 2009 Apr;42(2):377-81.

2PA Harris, R Taylor, BL Minor, V Elliott, M Fernandez, L O’Neal, L McLeod, G Delacqua, F Delacqua, J Kirby, SN Duda, REDCap Consortium, The REDCap consortium: Building an international community of software partners, J Biomed Inform. 2019 May 9 [doi: 10.1016/j.jbi.2019.103208]

Getting Started

Request a REDCap User Account through ICTR REDCap Account Request form.


The cost of using REDCap for your research electronic data capture needs is $200 per REDCap project per year. The REDCap fees will be charged when the project initially goes into production, and annually thereafter.

NOTE: One clinical research study could use multiple REDCap projects to address the study specific research data capture needs. The cost is per REDCap project, not per study, therefore one (1) study that uses five (5) REDCap projects to collect research study data will cost $1000/year ($200/project/year x 5 projects = $1000/year)

Projects NOT considered research and NOT requiring IRB review/approval (i.e. for administrative purposes) can use REDCap at no cost.

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The REDCap Consortium has developed a host of demonstration examples and learning resources for REDCap users to offer an opportunity to explore capabilities, functionality, and diverse data management features available.

Select “Video Resources” from the REDCap website: (managed by Vanderbilt)